1.Scatter - An improvisation with guitar and mixing desk, on the latter manipulating guitar loops and “non-input” signals in real time (June 2005)
2.Insomnia 1 - An improvisation with guitar and prepared vinyl records/turntable. Several records were broken, cut and melted into various shapes and states of disrepair, and layered on top of each other on a turntable. The turntable was set in such a way that that it would basically play by itself, with only minimal adjustments made by me during the recording. Of course, in the normal scheme of things turntables obviously can play by themselves, but with the set up of broken records (especially on 78 RPM), the tone arm jumps all over the place and often off the record (the turntable setting would cause the tone arm to return to the records). This unpredictable behaviour by the turntable was what I wanted to achieve, so a true improvisation could take place between myself on guitar and the turntable. I
only interfered minimally with the turntable whilst playing guitar, changing the position of the records and turntable speed. This is an edited version of the end result (May 2007).
3.Insomnia 2 - Same scenario as “Insomnia 1”, but bass is used here instead of
guitar (May 2007)
4.Non-Cricket - The humming drone of crowd noise that follows the end of a TV
commercial break during coverage of test cricket is a sound that reigns in many
Australian households during summer. This piece is an attempt to distil and explore the layers of that sound. The source material is taken from about an hour of TV coverage of a test match, with commentary and sounds of ball-and-bat edited out. The attempt was to capture the more subtle sonic character of the game. I particularly like how the recording develops in second half when Shane Warne begins to bowl; the banter with wicketkeeper Adam GIlchrist and Warnie’s “bowling grunt” becomes audible (January – March 2006).
5.Second Journey - This piece consists of two recordings of guitar improvisations with digital delay pedal (recorded 2004, mixed March 2006).
6.No Input - Improvisation with mixing desk, several effects pedals and lead buzz (recorded March 2005, edited March 2006)